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London Handel Festival
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2019 - 27 March to 29 April 

We are pleased to announce details of the 2019 London Handel Festival.  The 2019 Festival takes ‘Handel’s Divas’ as its theme and will explore the lives of the famous female singers, the ‘divas’ of their day, who were associated with Handel and for whom he wrote many of his most famous roles. We pay tribute to the women who inspired and gave life to Handel’s music, captured the popular imagination and occasionally caused riots amongst their rival supporters, filling the gossip pages of newspapers at the time!

Major events in this year's festival include performances of the rarely heard oratorio Athalia and serenata Aci, Galatea & Polifemo.  We welcome for the first time Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu from Lyon with a ravishing programme of Handel and Porpora, and Festival Voices with their surprising remix of Dixit Dominus. We welcome back Opera Settecento with Venceslao, along with London Early Opera and Early Opera Company who each present programmes focused on specific Handelian divas. These performances sit alongside the usual packed calendar of intimate chamber music recitals, lunchtime concerts, guided walks and the annual international Handel Singing Competition, now in its 18th year. Back by popular demand is our ‘Come and Sing’ event, a wonderful opportunity to perform Messiah excerpts with our Musical Director, Laurence Cummings.  

Please click here to download a copy of the 2019 London Handel Festival brochure.  Please note that public booking for most events in Festival is now open, but for events at Wigmore Hall, St.John's Smith Square and the Royal Opera House, tickets should be booked directly through each venue's own Box Office .

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